Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

ILAW LEXTAL has a growing client base and has been involved in large restructuring and property rights disputes; Mantas Mikalopas leads the team.
A relatively recent market entrant, Response is involved in a growing range of cases, including insolvency disputes and breach of contract matters; Rytis Martinkėnas and Stanislav Papijanc are key names to note.

Dispute resolution in Lithuania

Cobalt

One of the major pan-Baltic firms, Cobalt caters to clients of all sectors, from security to green energy and car dealership to construction. Rimantas Simaitis, a partner with 20 years' experience in the field, heads the dispute resolution practice. He is experienced in both alternative dispute resolution and litigation, and specialises chiefly in transport and energy law. Further key names include banking and restructuring expert Paulius Markovas and public procurement specialist Deividas Soloveičik. Former public prosecutor Mindaugas Bliuvas leads the white-collar criminal law arm of the practice, while Marius Inta handles insurance matters. Senior associate Milda Markevičiūtė is also a key part of the team, working on energy-sector, administrative and shareholder disputes. The department's academic credentials also stand out, with a large number of the team holding PhDs.

Practice head(s):

Rimantas Simaitis


Other key lawyers:

Deividas Soloveičik; Paulius Markovas ; Žygimantas Pacevičius; Marius Inta; Milda Markevičiūtė; Mindaugas Bliuvas


Testimonials

‘We are very happy with Cobalt‘s Disputes team. We retain them for a large number of civil cases and they are able to handle them. Cobalt goes not only into the law, but also into the facts: they try to understand the issues from the technical point of view and we value that.’

‘We usually deal with Rimantas Simaitis and Milda Markevičiūtė. We are very happy with them and the teams they create for each case: Rimantas Simaitis is unique at findings solutions out of the most complex situations and is very efficient in court and in negotiations. Milda Markevičiūtė stands out for managing a large number of disputes at once with detailed knowledge about each of them and good writing skills.’

Key clients

AB Lietuvos geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways)


Veolia group companies


Enercon GmbH


Uždaroji akcinė bendrovė GRIFS AG


Riga International Airport


AB ORLEN Lietuva


UAB Merko statyba


Merko Ehitus AS


Lithuanian Car Roads Administration


UAB ATEA Baltic


UAB ATEA


UAB ELSIS


ATEA/Ementor companies


Air Baltic Corporation A/S


Vakarų medienos grupė


UAB ARX


UAB Pramonės energija


BOD group


UAB Alna


UAB Alna Business Solutions


UAB Alna Software


UAB ITALIANA LT


Steinmuller Babcock GmbH


Rituals Cosmetics enterprise B.V.


AB ORLEN Lietuva


A/S BMGS


Work highlights


  • Represented Riga International Airport as a respondent in a case initiated by formerly one of the biggest air carriers in Lithuania, which is currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Represented AirBaltic Corporation in a cross-border dispute (over €100m damages were claimed at first instance).
  • Representing UAB Vilniaus Energija (a Veolia Group company) in a dispute against Lithuanian distribution network operator Ignitis regarding discrimination against other CHP plants and the state-owned electricity plant.

Ellex

International and commercial arbitration experts Giedrė Aukštuolienė and Miroslav Nosevič co-chair the Ellex dispute resolution team, a group highlighted for its ‘exceptional competence‘. The firm represents several major regional financial services companies as well as government ministries and municipal authorities. The team has impressive strength-in-depth, including highly experienced former Supreme Court judges Egidijus Baranauskas and Valentinas Mikelėnas. Experienced commercial arbitrator Vilija Vaitkute Pavan also comes highly recommended. Donatas Murauskas joined the firm from the Supreme Administrative Court in April 2022. Rapolas Kasparavicius left the firm in late 2022.

Practice head(s):

Giedrė Aukštuoliene; Miroslav Nosevič


Other key lawyers:

Vilija Vaitkute Pavan; Valentinas Mikelėnas; Egidijus Baranauskas; Rūta Jasilionė; Raimundas Lideika; Donatas Murauskas


Testimonials

‘The team is highly responsive to our needs as clients, is extremely thorough, and provides first-class legal expertise and advice.’

‘Vilija Vaitkute Pavan is one of the most experienced arbitration lawyers in Lithuania.’

‘Miroslav Nosevic – an excellent strategist, well thought of, has good client service, looks very reliable during hearings.’

Key clients

The Republic of Lithuania, represented by the Ministry of Finance


Alita, AB


Litesko, UAB


PayRay Bank, UAB


City Service SE


Mažeikiai District Municipality Administration


Šiaulių dujotiekio statyba, UAB


Toksika, UAB


LTG Cargo, AB


Kaunas City Municipality


Amber Grid, AB


Rimi Lietuva, UAB


Hofseth International AS


Sunwing Travel Group


Trustpilot A/S


Švyturys-Utenos Alus, UAB


SGS S.A. (formerly Société Générale de Surveillance SA)


Norfos Mažmena, UAB


Kelprojektas, UAB


Work highlights


  • Represented the Republic of Lithuania in an investor-state arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, protecting the state against the Russian Fund for Protection of Investors’ Rights in the Foreign States.
  • Represented Alita Group in several proceedings in Lithuania and Serbia concerning a dispute with the Republic of Serbia / the Serbian Privatization Agency.
  • Acting for Litesko, UAB (a part of French company Veolia) in a dispute against Alytus City Municipality and its utility company.

GLIMSTEDT Bernotas & Partners

GLIMSTEDT Bernotas & Partners, known for its insurance disputes work, has a growing market reputation, recently gaining a number of clients, particularly high-net-worth induviduals. The sizeable team is overseen by Solveiga Vilčinskaitė, an experienced litigator in major contractual disputes with a strong international commericial arbitration track record, accredited in Georgia as well as Lithuania. Laura Augytė-Kamarauskienė is a specialist in professional liablity lawsuits and also provides private wealth advice. Audrius Žvybas focuses on shareholder disputes and leads on many key matters.

Practice head(s):

Solveiga Vilčinskaitė (Palevičienė)


Other key lawyers:

Audrius Žvybas; Laura Augytė-Kamarauskienė


Testimonials

‘The team is very cooperative, completes the legal tasks in due time and manages various legal aspects in depth.’

‘The team has good knowledge of dispute resolution and commercial law and is able to provide full analyses regarding it.’

Key clients

UAB Fima


Safichem Group AG


Saga Furs Oyj


UAB Luxe Pools


Gabioner Sweden AB


ERGO Insurance SE Lithuanian Branch


Arik Air Limited (In Receivership)


GEROVĖS KONSERVŲ FABRIKAS, UAB


Lithuanian Chamber of Notaries


Pay Ray Bank, UAB


MG Group, UAB


Work highlights


  • Representing ERGO Insurance (Lithuanian Branch), which is the exclusive insurer of all members of the Lithuanian Chamber of Notaries, in 29 civil cases regarding insured notaries’ civil liability.
  • Represented Arik Air (In Receivership) in a dispute with Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey regarding enforcement of the European Enforcement Order, issued by a German court, and a seizure of an airplane (Boeing 737-86N).
  • Represented an individual as previous notary in a civil case against the state involving damages amounting to €500,000.

Motieka & Audzevicius

Frequently engaged in some of the most high-profile litigation in Lithuania, boutique firm Motieka & Audzevicius is well regarded in the market, further aided by its network with other boutique firms Skrastins & Dzenis in Latvia and TARK of Estonia. Ramūnas Audzevičius and Rimantas Daujotas are highly experienced in international commercial and investment arbitration under a number of different arbitration regimes, including UNCITRAL and the ICC. Jovitas Elzbergas’s expertise lies in real estate and construction disputes, focusing on commercial leases, property investment and finance. Justinas Jarusevičius is a competition lawyer with a dual qualification at the New York Bar, while Valentas Mitrauskas handles public procurement disputes. Supporting the practice heads are specialist counsels Denis Parchajev, active in investor-state arbitration; Mantas Juozaitis, who focuses on tax and customs litigation; and commercial disputes expert Albertas Šekštelo.

Practice head(s):

Ramūnas Audzevičius; Jovitas Elzbergas; Rimantas Daujotas; Justinas Jarusevičius; Valentas Mitrauskas


Other key lawyers:

Albertas Šekštelo; Denis Parchajev; Mantas Juozaitis


Testimonials

‘They are a powerhouse with the highest capability. We are pleased with their network, availability, expertise, reporting and strategy decisions.’

‘Truly devoted litigators.’

‘I think Motieka & Audzevicius’s dispute resolution team is the strongest in Lithuania and also the Baltic region. They have the biggest and the most experienced team. Motieka & Audzevicius is our number one choice in complex cases which involve international matters.’

Key clients

Vilniaus prekyba, UAB


ICOR, UAB


Mlr grupė, UAB


HISK, AB (former name Panevėžio keliai, AB)


Garsų pasaulis, UAB


Ecoservice Klaipėda, UAB


AXIS Tech, UAB


Baltic Ground Services, UAB


Reklamos arka, UAB


Autokausta, UAB


Olympic Casino Group Baltija, UAB


Natura Furniture


Lietuvos paštas, AB


VA Reals, UAB


Work highlights


  • Represented Vilniaus prekyba against a shareholder of Relvit in damages litigation.
  • Represented ICOR in a case where the Lithuanian state would withdraw its €240m ICSID investor-state arbitration counterclaim in the wake of the Achmea CJEU judgment and convert it into an independent claim in its own national courts.
  • Represented Mlr Grupe, its UBOs and CEO in four cases against the company’s minority shareholder.

Sorainen

Sorainen‘s varied practice covers commercial arbitration, white-collar criminal investigations, insolvency and restructuring, and public procurement disputes, among other areas. Commercial arbitrator and criminal fraud lawyer Kęstutis Švirinas oversees the disputes resolution practice as a whole, while Laurynas Lukošiūnas leads the specialised public procurement sub-division. Kazimieras Karpickis is highly experienced in insolvency law and has previously appeared before the Lithuanian Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. Counsel Darius Raulušaitis, a former prosecutor with the Financial Crime Investigation Service, heads the white-collar crime investigation wing of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Kęstutis Švirinas; Laurynas Lukošiūnas; Kazimieras Karpickis


Other key lawyers:

Darius Raulušaitis


Testimonials

‘I have used this team for advice in relation to white-collar work and international disputes. They are excellent, highly responsive and subject matter experts.’

‘Lawyers are able to quickly mobilize specialists from different fields to fully analyse the presented factual circumstances.’

‘The partners there are very dedicated to their clients, have an excellent market position and a very strong international approach. In one word: an excellent firm.’

‘To my observation, it is a strong, vastly diversified team with many proficiencies, specializations and backgrounds to choose from. In any interactions with outside counsel, client’s satisfaction and trust is emphasised the most, making cooperation between in-house and outside counsel rather smooth. No doubt, top-tier service providers.’

‘I worked with Kęstutis Švirinas. He is a leader in his field and knows exactly what is going on. When it comes to local laws and regulations in Lithuania. He is highly responsive and his advice is always commercially practical.’

‘Lawyers are able to prepare well-reasoned procedural documents within incredibly short deadlines.’

‘We have worked together with Kestutis Svirinas in a cross border litigation matter (share holders dispute). The matter is complex, and it is necessary to keep a focus on the strategy. Kestutis excels: he is very bright, his legal insights are superb and his client management skills are very good.’

‘Had the pleasure of working with Mr Kęstutis Švirinas and Mr Kazimieras Karpickis. Most solutions provided were rather innovative, up-to-date and addressed specific client needs. Insights provided were most important, giving opportunity not only to solve specific issues, but also to observe, learn and improve personally, as well.’

Key clients

Attexo OU


Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria


Viterra B.V.


Atvira Klaipėda VšĮ


UAB Baltic Retail Properties


Sekeslog 17


Taupkasė


Profarma


Ekonovus


Finolita Unio


SAPI SPA


LTG Infra


The State Border Guard Service Under the Ministry of the Interior, Lithuania


LHV Pank AS


Damansta


Work highlights


  • Successfully represented and defended the interests of retail company Mart Inn Food and an individual in a court dispute where the clients were accused of illegally appropriating and using confidential information.
  • Represented Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria in a unique case against Lufthansa, which raised the issue of application of the Cape Town Convention in Lithuania.
  • Acted on behalf of Profarma in a case concerning the procurement of Covid-19 rapid tests.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic represents a number of regional companies as well as government ministries and municipal authorities. The sizeable team covers an equally extensive range of work, including commercial arbitration, IP litigation, restructuring and insolvency, competition cases, white-collar crime and public procurement disputes. The practice is led by associate partner Marius Brasiūnas, who chiefly works on transport and energy-sector disputes. Managing partner Vilius Bernatonis is also an expert in the energy industry. Vidmantas Drizga, who covers corporate and commercial disputes, and bankruptcy expert Žydrūnė Stuglytė are also key practitioners. Former judge Vytautas Zelianka is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Marius Brasiūnas


Other key lawyers:

Dainius Stasiulis; Vytautas Zelianka; Vidmantas Drizga; Vilius Bernatonis; Žydrūnė Stuglytė; Vytautas Zelianka; Tadas Varapnickas


Testimonials

‘This team has a unique capability of understanding client’s needs. They always start with evaluating what is best for the client and creating a strategy that eventually leads to a win either in court or settlement. Members of the team are available 24/7 for any questions or matters and they are always ready to advise on the spot. Their lawyers are also incredible in court – their presentation skills are wonderful in both Lithuanian and English.’

‘Its lawyers are able to quickly mobilise specialists from different fields to fully analyse the presented factual circumstances.’

‘Lawyers are able to quickly delve into specific legislation and offer fully assessed solutions. They are able to prepare well-reasoned procedural documents within incredibly short deadlines.’

‘Vidmantas Drizga has incredible negotiation skills and market knowledge. He is a superb negotiator who knows how to reach his goals.’

‘TGS stands out as a firm with a practical and business oriented mindset and with a track record of generating successful results. The firm’s solutions prove to be cost-effective and in line with our business objectives. TGS also seems to be especially experienced in navigating cross-border matters. Together with the firm’s arbitration team we managed to secure a very important win in an international arbitration case recently.’

‘I would single out Tadas Varapnickas as an exceptional and dedicated arbitration expert. He has great speaking and drafting skills, and I am confident to trust him with complicated cases & tasks. I am sure he will be among the future arbitration leaders in the market.’

‘Results, achievements, values when dealing with cases.’

‘Quick reactions.’

Key clients

UAB Vilniaus kogeneracinė jėgainė


The Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania


Vilnius City Municipality


UAB Maxima Grupė and UAB Franmax


Lietuvos paštas


Lithuanian Railways (Lietuvos geležinkeliai)


AB SEB bank


BAB bank SNORAS


Alytus City Municipality


UAB Alytaus šilumos tinklai


UAB EUROCASH1


UAB Cgates


UAB GlobalNetint


UAB Paysera


Ermitažas, UAB


Šiaulių bankas, UAB


Work highlights


  • Represents Vilnius City Municipality and AB Vilniaus šilumos tinklai before the SCC in commercial arbitration with Veolia Environnement and UAB Vilniaus energija requesting over €560m in damages.
  • Represented the Republic of Lithuania in ICSID arbitration against Veolia Environnement, Veolia Energie International, UAB Vilniaus energija and UAB Litesko in a claim exceeding €80m.
  • Representing BAB bank SNORAS in a civil case in Geneva against one of the largest Swiss banks Bank Julius BAER & CIE SA (BJB) claiming damages of over €335m.

WALLESS

The ‘highly competent and agile’ dispute resolution team at WALLESS is a popular choice for environmental disputes. The firm has been representing the Lithuanian Ministry of the Environment regarding pollution of the Curonian Spit and lagoon, a unique and biodiverse landscape and part of one of Lithuania’s national parks. As well as environmental work, the practice also has a strong record in construction and transport infrastructure disputes. Investment and insurance disputes specialist Simona Drukteiniene now leads the practice, and the highly experienced Gediminas Dominas is still very active, leading on a number of matters. Real estate and construction specialist Renata Jatuzyte-Muleviciene is also a key part of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Simona Drukteinienė


Other key lawyers:

Gediminas Dominas; Renata Jatužytė-Mulevičienė


Testimonials

‘Very good results.’

‘Highly competent and agile.’

‘The WALLESS dispute resolution team is one of the top choices for complex and intellectually challenging issues. The team consists of strong professionals who are eager to take a walk in their client’s shoes and deal with every issue as their own.’

‘In litigation issues I’m working with partner Simona Drukteiniene the most. Her good reputation is earned through her knowledge, experience, and eagerness to solve the problems. On the other hand, she is very easy to communicate with. Her strategic thinking and long-standing experience let her solve complicated issues.’

‘Renata Jatužyte-Muleviciene represents clients very professionally and responsibly.’

Key clients

LEONHARD WEISS OÜ


UAB LOGICHEMA


UAB ‘YIT Lietuva’


UAB Prime Leasing


Kinnarps


Nordika


Barings BDC, Inc


UAB ‘Palink’


Kaunas City Municipality Administration


Environmental Protection Department under the Ministry of Environment


UAB ‘Diaverum klinikos’


UAB ‘Lidl Lietuva’


Work highlights


  • Represented LEONHARD WEISS OÜ in a dispute against AB LTGInfra – a state-owned company which operates public national railway infrastructure and implements the Rail Baltica project in Lithuania.
  • Representing YIT Lietuva in a dispute against UAB Mitnija over refusal to pay for works performed under a construction contract at a NATO base.
  • Representing renal care provider Diaverum klinikos on two disputes against competitors and their shareholders on the compensation of damage caused by unfair competition actions.

LEADELL Balciunas ir Grajauskas

LEADELL Balciunas ir Grajauskas is a major name in public procurement matters, including in the healthcare and energy sectors. Other key areas of specialism for the practice include debt settlements and state aid-related disputes. The firm regularly appears in cases before both national and European courts. Practice head Gintaras Balciunas is a former Minister of Justice of Lithuania and a very experienced arbitrator. Other key names include competition lawyer Vaidas Radvila and ‘extremely resourceful‘ senior associate Gintaras Stankevičius.

Practice head(s):

Gintaras Balčiūnas


Other key lawyers:

Vaidas Radvila; Gintaras Stankevicius


Testimonials

‘Gintaras Stankevicius is a highly experienced, extremely resourceful lawyer with great expertise in corporate, commercial, public procurement, real estate and construction matters. Gintaras does not shy from the heavy work himself, he provides constant guidance and support in case questions arise, as well as unwavering leadership in crisis situations.’

Key clients

AB “Achema”


Concern “ACHEMOS GRUPĖ”, Ltd.


JSC “Achema Gas Trade”


“KROVINIŲ TERMINALAS”, Ltd.


JSC “Kruizinių laivų terminalas”


“Fitek LT”, Ltd.


UAB “Roche Lietuva”


UAB “Eoltas


UAB “Agrochema”


AB “Klaipėdos jūrų krovinių kompanija” (KLASCO)


Work highlights


  • Representing Roche Lieutva in more than 16 separate cases regarding health-related public procurement.
  • Representing Achema in multiple cases in national courts with regards to a levy.
  • Representing UAB “Agrochema”, a large company dealing in agriculture and trade and part of the “ACHEMOS GRUPĖ” conglomerate, in several debt settlement cases against farmers.

Magnusson

The Kaunas-based Magnusson dispute resolution team has a strong track record in public procurement, trade and debt-related disputes. Founded in Sweden, the firm has a regional network enhancing its cross-border capabilities. Evaldas Rapolas and Marius Endzinas lead the team; the former is an experienced arbitrator working with clients from a range of sectors including energy and sport, while the latter is a public procurement specialist. Dalia Stakvileviciute, who works on construction disputes, and senior associate Edmundas Daunys, who handles a broad range of contentious work, are further key names.

Practice head(s):

Evaldas Rapolas; Marius Endzinas


Other key lawyers:

Dalia Stakvilevičiūtė; Edmundas Daunys


Testimonials

‘Our company has been a client of Magnusson for many years. The most important thing which we get from Magnusson is that when they are evaluating our situations, they are very focused on creating value for us.’

‘Evaldas Rapolas is a very good strategist, and he has excellent analytical skills and process planning skills. Marius Endzinas is Magnusson’s expert for public procurement issues. He has a creative and client-oriented approach, which, together with his deep experience in the field, allow him to provide us with precise insights and solutions for each situation we are in.’

‘Magnusson has professionals from different fields in the house. It is good to have deep knowledge in different fields in 1 office. Client care is at a high level. They are not pushing you so much, but you can always trust them, when you need the support.’

‘Its professionals are divided by sectors and they have very deep knowledge in particular sectors. Very good experience with Dalia Stakvileviciute in the real estate field.’

‘Magnusson’s team has a lot of valuable experience in addressing legal real estate matters from both client as well as institutional side, as some of their team members have worked in government institutions of the field. I think this is the key reason why they are able to predict the dispute process, map out a 360 degree view of the situation and find alternative solutions.’

‘Evaldas Rapolas is a very good “process owner”, very good strategist that I can rely on during the legal process, and takes care of all our disputes.’

‘Magnusson Lithuania has been handling several public procurement-related contentious matters for us. Their team is devoted to not just providing advice or representation services, but creating actual added value for our business. They try to really learn and understand what we do, why we do it, and what is important for us in our decision-making. Understanding our processes, they are able to pinpoint decisions that are actually beneficial to us.’

‘We feel Magnusson Lithuania is deeply experienced both in dispute resolution as a general category, as well as in public procurement as a specific legal category. They have been keeping their promises budget-wise, deadline-wise, and even result-wise (cautious about making empty expectations, but delivering good results instead) and are fast in responding.’

Key clients

Eikos statyba


Kautra


Kauno autobusai


Sateba Lithuania


Alga


Bruneros


ARV Auto


SK Impex Service Center


Lietuvos futbolo federacija (Lithuanian Football Federation)


Ekoenergas


Work highlights


  • Represented Eikos statyba, a Lithuanian construction company, in a dispute concerning liability of a tenderer for its refusal to sign a public procurement contract due to a material change in market conditions.
  • Represented Romega, a meat importer, in a dispute regarding bacterial safety of imported raw poultry.
  • Acted for an Estonian contractor at the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC in a dispute regarding liability and debt issues.

Noewe

Noewe covers a great variety of work, from representing American actor and director Clint Eastwood in the enforcement of a US judgment in Lithuania to assisting a Lithuanian football club in a dispute with an Egyptian team. The practice is led by sports law specialist Marius Devyžis, who has built lasting relationships for the firm with many Lithuanian national and club-level teams in various sports. Robert Juodka, who speaks English, Polish and Estonian, is engaged by many foreign businesses operating in Lithuania for construction, insurance and shareholder disputes. Further key contacts Andrius Lukašonokas and Jonas Platelis specialise in construction matters, while Paulius Docka works on arbitration in the transport sector.

Practice head(s):

Marius Devyžis


Other key lawyers:

Robert Juodka; Jaroslav Pavlovskij; Andrius Lukašonokas; Jonas Platelis; Paulius Docka


Testimonials

‘Primus is a pleasure to communicate with. Everything works like a well-oiled system. Email exchange is fast and meticulous.’

‘Robert Juodka is my main contact in Primus. He is a skilled attorney, fast in replying and knows his department inside-out.’

‘The team is well organised, responsive and offers high-value services for reasonable prices.’

Key clients

Clint Eastwood


Containerships CMA CGM


DB Schenker (Germany)


Enefit UAB


World-Clear Ltd. / T1 Holdings Ltd.


Tilts SIA


State Enterprise Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant


Marijampolės futbolo klubas Sūduva


World Baltic Trade, UAB


Upės projektai, UAB


AQS a. s. (Czech Republic)


Futbolo klubas Riteriai


Work highlights


  • Represented Clint Eastwood in several civil cases against now liquidated Lithuanian company Mediatonas, UAB and its sole shareholder for recovery of over $6m.
  • Advising and representing DB SCHENKER and subsidiaries of DB Schenker in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in ongoing transport and client disputes.
  • Represented Lithuanian professional football club FK Sūduva in an international dispute between Egyptian professional football club El Zamalek Sporting Club and professional football player Hamdi Bin Abdel Salam Naguez.

bnt attorneys in CEE

bnt attorneys in CEE is known for representing clients from Germany and the wider Central and Eastern European region. Practice head Frank Heemann is dual qualified in Lithuania and Germany and acts for major companies including BMW and Lufthansa, in matters ranging from aviation and energy to trade and customs disputes. Real estate specialist Linas Vadeika and corporate and administrative lawyer Andrius Juškys are also key names. The team cooperates closely with Aet Bergmann from bnt’s Estonian office.

Practice head(s):

Frank Heemann


Other key lawyers:

Linas Vadeika; Andrius Juškys


Testimonials

‘Real value-creating legal solutions. 2. Quick response. High quality.’

‘The team is very reactive and concerned about delivering a quality service to the clients.’

‘Frank Heemann’s approach is pragmatic and shaped to all the legal needs.’

Key clients

FC Ecom s.r.o.


Law firm Sorainen


Aros Marine, UAB


AVUS GmbH


Balting, UAB


Detlev Brunner


Awn Bin Akil Seyd


ERV Prekyba, UAB


Fralita Films, VšĮ


GARANTRANS s.r.o.


Hans-Peter Stadelmann


Krombacher Brauerei Bernhard Schadeberg GmbH & Co. KG


Michael Peter Schmidt


NOVOL SP. Z o.o.


PannErgy Nyilvánosan Működő Részvénytársaság


Raiffeisen – meine Bank eG


Rembrandtin Coatings GmbH


Sentera Baltica, UAB


SH-Hamburg Consulting GmbH


Vytautas Jarutis


VODÁREK TRANSPORT a.s


Volker Gathmann


Arkema France S.A.


BMW Bank GmbH


Ceres Agrar UAB


D.A.S. Rechtsschutz AG


DK Investicijos UAB


Bolle Container LT, UAB


Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey GmbH


TUPAG-Holding-AG


Vilnius International school


Hanseatic Delifood GmbH


PP Plan-Bau KG


Vertiqal AG


Leonhard Constantin Pöhlmann


Legal Net GmbH


German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce


Work highlights


  • Representing Lufthansa Technik Aero Alzey in a multimillion-dollar commercial dispute against the client’s debtor Arik Air, a Nigerian Airline, and AMCON, an entity owned by the Nigerian State.
  • Advised the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce in successfully resolving a high-stakes dispute with two external consultants hired by the client.
  • Represented Budapest Stock Exchange-listed company PannErgy Nyilvánosan Működő Részvénytársaság in a dispute with a Lithuanian bank, and succeeded in unblocking Pannergy’s account held at the bank thus allowing the client to unrestrictedly use its funds held there.

NOOR

NOOR, a merger of the former WINT Law Firm and SPC Legal, is a stronger market player having combined the dispute resolution practices of the two firms. Daiva Ušinskaitė-Filonovienė, an expert in shareholder conflicts, leads the team, supported by white-collar criminal law specialist Giedrius Danėlius and former SPC practice head Daiva Lileikienė, who is focused on public procurement. The practice also includes a number of promising associates, including Greta Raulušonė, who works on international commercial arbitration and is involved in many of the department's key matters.

Practice head(s):

Daiva Ušinskaitė-Filonovienė


Other key lawyers:

Giedrius Danėlius; Daiva Lileikienė; Greta Raulušonė


Testimonials

‘The Dispute Resolution practice at the firm is valued in the market for its ability to handle disputes in the light of an existent or potential crisis, which has been proven successful in our case. The team reacts quickly and responds to changing circumstances well. We felt comfortable working with them, especially that a well-thought strategy has been presented promptly.’

‘aiva Ušinskaite-Filonoviene has been working hands on with our matters, which makes the team stand out. Daiva is exceptional and incomparable to any other dispute attorney in the market. She is down to earth, always close, practical, energetic, has great competence and ability to lead very difficult disputes, crisis situations.’

‘The team is able to work on matters and see them from a broader perspective. If they are working on a litigation case, they are still able to participate on behalf of the client in other levels and discussions to help the client and the case.’

Key clients

Eurovia Lietuva AB


Eurovia CS. a.s.


VšĮ Šiaulių regiono atliekų tvarkymo centras


Caverion Lietuva UAB


ALTIMUS-TECH SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA (former LiTak-Tak UAB)


Marijampolės pieno konservai UAB


Inservis UAB


Plungės šilumos tinklai UAB (Plungė Heating Networks UAB)


IT sprendimai sėkmei UABPanevėžio stiklas AB (Panevėžys glass AB) products.


Work highlights


  • Representing Caverion Lietuva UAB in a court case regarding a contract for engineering and construction work in the business centre in the heart of Vilnius.
  • Represented Šiauliai region waste management centre in several civil cases that so far prevented two waste management emergency states in the region and allowed an urgent taking over of the waste sorting plant back to the client.
  • Representing Gairelita UAB in an arbitration case pending before the SCC regarding a hardship suffered after a fundamental change in the market conditions of raw materials.

Triniti Jurex Law Firm

The sizeable dispute resolution team at Triniti Jurex Law Firm has ‘people for all questions‘. Employment specialist Jurgita Judickienė heads the practice, supported by managing partner and IP lawyer Vilija Viešūnaitė. Karolina Laurynaite covers the public procurement wing of the practice, while the highly experienced Artūras Vaišvila handles transport-sector disputes. Senior associates Evaldas Pocevicius and Kęstutis Žičkus, who work in the bankruptcy and real estate fields, respectively, are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Jurgita Judickienė


Other key lawyers:

Deivis Valiulis; Vilija Viešūnaitė; Artūras Vaišvila; Evaldas Pocevičius; Karolina Laurynaitė; Kęstutis Žičkus


Testimonials

‘The most impressive thing is the versatility of their team.’

‘Deivis Valiulis has an exceptional ability to think out of the box and find a solution where it seemed there was not.’

‘The team is always ready to consult and focus on your issue.’

Key clients

Lithuanian Radio and Television Centre (LRTC)


DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH


Nordic Power Management OU


GATAS


Baltoji vokė


mBank SA


Metruna


Munitus


SODERUS


Axioma metering, UAB


Paysera LT


Linkona


CV Group


Work highlights


  • Assisted UAB “Axioma metering” in patent disputes held in other jurisdictions, including the US, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Germany.
  • Advises and represents CV Group in court cases regarding sui generis database protection.
  • Acted as the consultant and representative of Paysera LT in disputes regarding its new parcel delivery tool.

AAA Law

AAA Law‘s dispute resolution practice has been attracting a number of major multinational clients recently for the handling of sensitive trade disputes. Ema Buteniene, who joined the firm from Ellex in late 2021, leads on environmental disputes. Jonas Sakalauskas left to join Averus in September 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Ema Buteniene


Key clients

Kauno termofikacijos electrine (Kaunas Termofication Power Plant)


Lytagra


OilCore


Baltic BiTerminal


VSA Vilnius


Vilniaus betono demontavimo technika


Fleur Alpine


Panevėžio stiklas


Baltijos technikos grupe


Via Sportas


Rūta, UAB


Prosperitas Baltica, UAB


Osterode, UAB


Work highlights


  • Represented Baltic Biterminal UAB in a very complex environmental dispute before the Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Representing a well-known car manufacturer in a large-scale pre-trial investigation in Lithuania regarding deployed and counterfeit spare parts for vehicles.
  • Representing one of the largest manufacturers of ethyl alcohol in the Baltic States in a court dispute with the Environmental Protection Department regarding pollution taxes.

Averus

Based in Klaipeda on the coast of Lithuania in the west of the country, the Averus dispute resolution team is primarily known for its shipping, transport and logistics expertise. The practice is headed by Regina Derkintytė-Kaupienė, a shipping specialist working on cargo damages claims, and financial services and tax-focused lawyer Raimondas Kivylius. The firm also represents clients in personal injuries claims.

Practice head(s):

Regina Derkintyte-Kaupiene; Raimondas Kivylius


Other key lawyers:

Ignas Kerbelis; Greta Motiejūnienė


Testimonials

‘The Averus team are true professionals and experts in the fields they practice. You can expect swift and accurate advice and/or action taken to any question or problem raised. Their billing process and documentation is clear and informative. The fact that they have offices in Vilnius and Klaipeda is very convenient as they can easily reach any client in the country.’

‘We have been working on numerous occasions with Regina Derkintyte-Kaupiene and Ignas Kerbelis, both of whom I would recommend to anyone as true experts and attentive to detail professionals.’

Key clients

Danes perlas, UAB


Baltijos pervežimai, UAB


Magnetic Parts Trading Limited


Heston Aviation


Aero Norway, AS


Jump Air, UAB


Carlyle Aviation Partners


Setna iO, LLC


Silberauto, AS


SIA Marine Underwriting Services


Towmar Baltic, UAB


Scania Finans Aktiebolag Lietuvos filialas


Scania Lithuania


Lithuanian Pilot association


ITF Lithuania


Nurminen Maritime, UAB


Litana ir Ko, UAB


MAI Baltics, UADBB


Topada, UAB


Marine Legal Bureau OÜ


Rhenus svoris, UAB


Autonomas, UABr


SIDC PASSER GROUP, UAB


Compensa Vienna Insurance Group, ADB


ERGO Insurance SE Lietuvos filialas


TransRental UAB


First Logistics, UAB


Zenko International


JSC Europe stabilizers UAB


Diesel Service Group UAB


CF&S Lithuania UAB


Escolit UAB


Lindstrom, UAB


Manvesta, UAB


Belgruz Kargo Master


Klaipeda State Seaport Authority


Work highlights


  • Represented the interests of Pajurio sauga, UAB in a civil case regarding compensation for losses incurred as a result of illegal use of commercial secrets.
  • Representing UAB Topada in a dispute regarding recovery of damages when during towage operation a pontoon capsized in the territorial waters of Poland.
  • Representing a claimant who suffered major injuries after her car broke through the barrier of the sixth floor parking lot of a business centre.

Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) advises a number of multinational companies on their operations in Lithuania. The practice provides advice on disputes in numerous sectors, with a particular proclivity for shipping and transport matters. Associate Arnoldas Jokubaitis, who specialises in bankruptcy, and partner Justinas Usonis, a seasoned employment practitioner, co-head the practice. Corporate lawyer Monika Jankauskienė is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Arnoldas Jokūbaitis; Justinas Usonis


Other key lawyers:

Monika Jankauskienė


Key clients

FK Facades Limited


Sofa Brands


Marger

Marger specialises in construction and energy disputes, and provides representation for clients involved in high-profile employment litigation. Deividas Poška – who focusses on tax, competition and real estate matters chiefly – leads the team, supported by white-collar criminal law specialist Mindaugas Dūda. Former practice head Ramunas Kontrauskas left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Deividas Poška


Other key lawyers:

Mindaugas Duda


Key clients

Šiaulių energija


Kauno tiltai


Krimer (Creamer) Ltd


Vilmstata


Inreal Valdymas


Eurovudas


Girteka Group


Darius Žukauskas


Work highlights


  • Represented Šiaulių Energija in a dispute over the loss of more than €1m caused by the client’s equipment failure.
  • Representing Vilmstata, a real estate development company in Lithuania, in a dispute with another industrial company regarding a feigned real estate transaction worth €1.2m.
  • Representing Mr. Darius Žukauskas, a former Chief of the Kaunas County Police Commissariat, in a dispute regarding his removal and dismissal from office.

ECOVIS ProventusLaw

Dedicated, flexible, client-oriented and highly competent’, ECOVIS ProventusLaw is a go-to firm for private individuals engaged in a range of civil disputes. The practice also represents fintech, logistics and aviation companies. Kęstutis Kvainauskas is experienced in the financial services industry, having previously worked for SEB Bank, and handles disputes in this area. Loreta Andziulyte advises on a range of matters, including data protection, corporate governance and employment law.

Practice head(s):

Kęstutis Kvainauskas; Loreta Andziulyte


Testimonials

‘Very good, close collaboration, availability, knowledge of business and legal environment and legislation.’

‘The ECOVIS ProventusLaw team is professional, kind and extremely conscientious about billing. We trust this team, because we had and still have the best experience with them. ECOVIS ProventusLaw team is a wide range experts – they know not only many branches of law (Civil, Labour, Criminal, Administrative laws, Data protection), but also have IT knowledge, so we can turn to them for various issues.’

‘Competence, willingness to work and help our business. Production of legal materials ready for final use.’

Key clients

NIUM EU


Bebawa UAB


CGI Lithuania UAB


Lautra motors UAB


MTTC UAB


Skanėja UAB


Contis


Phoenix payments


Majestic Financial


Transekspedicija


MAAS Aviation


Dujų sfera


Guru Pay


deVere


Work highlights


  • Represented NIUM during an inspection and defended the client’s position at the hearing of the Bank of Lithuania regarding compliance with safeguarding-related requirements.
  • Represented Transekspedicija (a logistics company) in a dispute between six parties from three jurisdictions from a contractual chain of carriers and insurance companies.
  • Advising Conti in a case analysing new European standards for online card payments.

Šulija Partners Law Firm Vilnius

Šulija Partners Law Firm Vilnius specialises in aviation, representing a number of regional airlines and aircraft leasing companies. Practice head Vytautas Sulija is also highly experienced in administrative and shareholder disputes as well as debt recovery. Eduard Plesak, who chiefly practices aviation law, supports on all key matters.

Practice head(s):

Vytautas Šulija


Other key lawyers:

Eduard Plešak


Testimonials

‘The team was both very professional and proficient with the services they provide, but also very human, empathic and understanding. We’re working with them for quite a few years now, and are very happy with their quality, their attitude, approach, their collaboration.’

‘Highly professional and uncomplicated.’

‘Vytautas Šulija is a vigorous litigator, knowledgeable lawyer with great attention to detail.’

Key clients

AB “AviaAM Leasing”


UAB “BPC Travel”


UAB Kidy Tour


UAB GetJet Airlines


Airhub Airlines Limited


UAB Litcargus


UAB Aerojet Baltic


UAB Tomuvos didmena


HR Protrans OU


VL Aircraft Leasing


Aldebaran Aviation Limited


Go Green Holdings AS


UAB “Tomuvos didmena”


Goldfruit Holding B.V.


Squid Speed Line SRL


UAB “Flatlogic EU”


Risella Oy


UAB “Dizaino vėjas”


UAB “Baltico”


Work highlights


  • Advising UAB GetJet Airlines in a €4m dispute with French airline Aigle Azur over the leasing of an aircraft.
  • Representing a local shareholder of confectionary company UAB Tomuvos Didmena in a shareholder dispute regarding the compulsory buy-out of shares.
  • Representing a Dutch private investor and a Dutch company before the Supreme Court of Lithuania in a dispute with a local entrepreneur on the enforcement of an option agreement.